Ander Herrera has revealed the details of a conversation with Edinson Cavani just before the Uruguayan striker made the decision to join Manchester United.
Cavani was a free agent this summer and weighed up his options before agreeing to a United switch.
United fan favourite Herrera made the switch to Cavani’s former club Paris Saint-Germain last summer, and has revealed that he was the last person the 33-year-old spoke to before he made his transfer decision.
Speaking in a brilliant wide-ranging interview in the Telegraph, Herrera said: “I think we spoke about five minutes before he said yes. He called me and said, ‘I need to make a decision now and you are the last person I am speaking to before I make that decision’”.
“I told him to play for Manchester United is an opportunity that is for the rest of your life. To play for other clubs in the Premier League you are a Premier League player but if you are a Manchester United player then you are a Manchester United player for life.”
Herrera’s glowing endorsement of United was hardly surprising given it is a club he still has great affection for.
The Spanish midfielder is likely to start against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Reds in Tuesday’s Champions League group stage fixture at the Parc de Princes.
Many had also expected Cavani to make his United debut against his old side but it now appears unlikely that he will be in Solskjaer’s squad.
According to Manchester Evening News journalist Samuel Luckhurst, Cavani has not travelled with the rest of the United squad to Paris on Monday afternoon.
Cavani has just finished his self-isolation period and joined his new teammates for training at Carrington on Sunday. But perhaps the Champions League fixture has come slightly too soon for the Uruguayan.
There is the slight off-chance Cavani will make his own way to Paris (separate vehicles are ferrying #mufc players to domestic away games) but he wasn't with squad at Manchester Airport this afternoon.
— Samuel Luckhurst (@samuelluckhurst) October 19, 2020